SUPPORT FOR UNIX GROWS AS UNILEVER JOINS OSDL.The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL See Linux Foundation. ), Beaverton, Ore., a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, has announced that Unilever has joined OSDL.
Unilever is the first member that is not an IT vendor to join OSDL from the ranks of Global 2000 corporations. The $49 billion consumer products company, with dual headquarters in London and Rotterdam, announced last January plans to migrate its information technology systems from Unix to Linux on Intel-standard hardware in all 80 countries where it operates.
"Unilever is a significant addition to OSDL's membership and is the first of many Global 2000 corporations that we expect will be joining us to contribute in improving Linux," said Stuart Cohen cohen
(Hebrew: “priest”) Jewish priest descended from Zadok (a descendant of Aaron), priest at the First Temple of Jerusalem. The biblical priesthood was hereditary and male. , CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of OSDL. "We have expanded our charter to increase our participation in the Linux development community and with IT vendors, and with Unilever to begin investing in more programs for corporations to help ensure that Linux meets their requirements and solves their real-world business problems."
"Unilever's goal is to standardize its IT architecture around Linux and deliver computer systems worldwide without having to worry about operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. or hardware compatibility issues," said Colin Hope-Murray, CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey. of the global IT infrastructure group at Unilever. "OSDL gives us a unique venue where we can work directly with the world's major IT vendors and with the open source development community on an equal basis to participate in the growth of Linux."
About the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL)
OSDL -- home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux -- is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and supported by a global consortium of IT industry leaders, OSDL is a non-profit organization that provides state-of the-art computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL sponsors include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. Corporation, Nokia, Red Hat, SuSE, TimeSys, Toshiba, Transmeta Corporation, Unilever and VA Software.
For more information, visit http://www.osdl.org or call 503/626-2455, ext. 47.